Feature ArticlesTransitioning Into the Role of Mother Following the Birth of a Very Low-Birth-Weight Infant A Grounded Theory Pilot StudyBright, Katherine Stuart MN, BSc, RN; Mannion, Cynthia PhD, RN; White, Deborah PhD; Raffin Bouchal, Shelley PhD, RNAuthor Information Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Ms Bright and Drs Mannion and Raffin Bouchal); and Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary in Qatar, Doha, Qatar (Dr White). Corresponding Author: Katherine Stuart Bright, MN, BSc, RN, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org). The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services Neonatal Transition Team, and the participants in this study for sharing their experiences of being mothers to very low-birth-weight infants.Disclosure: The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for Authorship.Submitted for publication: May 23, 2019; accepted for publication: December 20, 2019. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: April/June 2020 - Volume 34 - Issue 2 - p 125-133 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000466 Buy Metrics Abstract This qualitative grounded theory pilot study investigated the concerns and coping mechanisms of mothers of very low-birth-weight (VLBW; <1500 g) infants following discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit in Alberta, Canada. In-depth, semistructured, face-to-face, audio-recorded interviews were conducted with women of VLBW infants. Interviews lasting 75 to 90 minutes were transcribed verbatim and coded using grounded theory methodology. Data saturation and theoretical redundancy were achieved in interviews with 6 mothers of VLBW infants. The core variable of “reconstructing normal” emerged from the interview data. Women indicated that mothering a VLBW infant is an unfolding experience that is continuously being revised, creating a new sense of normal. The construct consists of 4 categories; mother-infant relationship, maternal development, maternal caregiving and role-reclaiming strategies, and infant developmental milestones. Findings from this study suggest that women found the transition into motherhood following the birth of a VLBW infant as a multidimensional and dynamic process. Further research is warranted to confirm these results and to further explore mothering issues with VLBW infants. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.